Black Girl In Om—Yaminah Mayo: Model, Writer, Artist and Affirmer

PHOTO: COURTESY YAMINAH MAYO

PHOTO: COURTESY YAMINAH MAYO

Interview by Lauren Ash

Some women just scream confidence, so when you find out that they're just like you—dealing with their own baggage (a la Badu), insecurities, and having to figure out how to be fully themselves in this messed up worldit makes you breathe a sigh of relief! Yaminah Mayo, aka Spicy Mayo, has been inspiring me with her Instagram posts, blog, and overall black girl exuberance since I first met her at Blavity's EmpowerHer conference last spring! We get to kiki with her and ALL YA'LL in NYC tonight, Friday, February 3rd, at our BGIO Happy Hour! Come through Vivrant Beauty between 6 and 8 p.m. to hang with us! Stay in touch with Yaminah by following her on Instagram @spicy.mayo and checking in with her blog where On Spicy Mayo readers can garner the perspective of a young woman grappling with career, mental and physical health. 

Who is Yaminah Mayo?

I am a model, writer, graphic artist, affirmer.

What does Black Girl In Om mean to you?

BGIO is a safe place. It's really great for women of color positively looking to find their way in the creative world. It reinforces the joy that one gets from uplifting each other and not "othering". 

How do you identify with Black Girl In Om's mission?

All your pillars are very important moral compasses for me. For example, physical, emotional, and mental wellness are critical for me getting through a NYC day. It's really hard here. However, knowing that there is a resource for me to go to when I need it pour back into myself is, within itself, comforting. Especially when it comes time to affirm and speak that prosperity into existence and I need guidance.

What are your self-care and self-love practices?

A self-care routine for me is shutting everything off. It's really hard because I have a tendency to be addicted to Twitter (I get my news there) but I know it's necessary when everyone starts speaking hyperbolically. I also binge watch Girlfriends or Living Single or Frasier. My new/old "ting" is baking and cooking while I watch Girlfriends, Living Single, or Frasier.
Oh yeah, and sometimes I'll take out my pent up frustrations in the gym.  

What's one ritual you recommend more women of color adopt to cultivate inner beauty and wellness?

OMG! Affirmations! I've been doing them since the new year and it is seriously decluttering my mind and I feel like my imposter syndrome is fading. Affirmations not only make you feel great about yourself but it teaches you how NOT to affirm the negative things you think about yourself. It helps me to interact with other and keeps me grounded in a grateful mindset. 

Girl, yas! I so loved how much YOU loved the Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash cards Deun Ivory and I sent your way! It's always great to connect with someone else who knows the power of affirmations and mantras! So, what's one wellness product you can't live without?

My blender or maca root. Both get the GOAT title.